• Nicholas Paul Brysiewicz

  • I think about thinking about time. I also help direct The Long Now Foundation. I deliver talks, advise firms, and write papers on long-term thinking. My background is in systems engineering and philosophy—with a special interest in aesthetics, hermeneutics, and phenomenology.


    I am the Director of Strategy at The Long Now Foundation, a nonprofit that serves as a center of gravity for long-term projects and long-term thinkers around the world.

    We believe that civilization-scale challenges call for civilization-scale thinking.

    Much of our work aims to counterbalance the culture of short-termism.


    Our largest project is The Clock of the Long Now: an immense mechanical monument, installed in a mountain, designed to keep accurate time for the next 10,000 years.


    The Long Now Foundation was founded in 01996 by musician Brian Eno, writer Stewart Brand, inventor Danny Hillis, journalist Kevin Kelly, and futurist Peter Schwartz.

    Our foundation has over 11,000 members across more than 65 countries. We operate The Interval, an award-winning cocktail bar in San Francisco. We produce monthly lectures and podcasts. We created a long-term archive of human language (copies of which now reside on a comet—and on the moon). We have our hands in the de-extinction of the woolly mammoth. And there's more. We keep busy.




    I travel internationally to talk about why long-term thinking matters.


    Those events are often private, but I also appear on podcasts and videos like the below.





    Skillful Perception at the Scale of Civilization, published in The Side View, 02020

    This paper addresses the main philosophical problem faced by the concept of long-term thinking. In it I observe that long-term thinking influences the future by transforming the present, and I connect that observation with the ancient Greek term askēsis (from which we get modern words like exercise and asceticism).











    In another life, I sang and played guitar in bands like Sun Cellar and The Fireship and Alaya.


    In this life, I collaborate with electronic artists like Tōsh. It sounds like this.










    Some books that have influenced my thinking about long-term thinking.